Vox Republica 163: Reskins – The Good, The Bad, And The Formerly Ugly

Episode 163

Length: 56:28

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DESCRIPTION: There are themes and then there are themes. And then there are themes. But…what if those are all the same game? This week, Erin and Ryan talk about reskinning games. When is it worth it and when is it a money grab? Can it be both?



QUICK TOPICS – (17:28):

  • We discuss our thoughts on the second multi-day Granite Game Summit, a local convention with plenty of good things going for it.


  • A reskin is when you take an existing game and either change the mechanics very little (or not at all) but give it a new setting, theme, etc. We parse through several areas of their existence, including areas such as?
    • Why are reskins even a thing? Are there any equivalents in other industries?
    • What’s the difference between adaptation and reskin?
    • Why do publishers reskin a game?
    • When is a reskin worth it and when is it a cash grab?
    • What about reskins that bring a game in line with an existing IP?
    • How do consumers feel about reskins generally?

PLUGS – (55:09):

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Audio Credits: Intro music track is “Swing!” by Bargo!, used under Creative Commons license.